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Our tree topper has had a good run

December 1, 2022 |

This star has topped our tree for 24 years. This year of all years the star refused to light up, go figure. Our $10 star had a good run. I remember shopping for this star with my mom after she saw our star-less tree. A tree without a topper was unacceptable to my mom. She…

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gardening tools

This shovel was more than a shovel

August 15, 2020

  My husband decided to re-organize our garage. An area I like to think of as my husband’s responsibility. He is the main user of the stuff as well as a SAVER with a capital “S.” Me, I’m a tosser. For example, I don’t save short bits of rope, just in case. Nor do I…

My client’s bed wasn’t sleeping in her bed

July 15, 2020

Her bed was completely buried beneath clutter.  My client was dealing with physical and emotional challenges besides an overwhelming amount of bedroom clutter. She couldn’t sleep in her bedroom because clutter had completely taken over the room (I’ve seen this situation countless times; I couldn’t wait to help).  It had become an area to stash…

Who hasn’t decluttered by accident?

June 15, 2020

  Those moments of unplanned, spontaneous decluttering can be very productive. You had no intention of decluttering but there you are sorting and discarding by happenstance (I’ve always wanted to use that word). I’ve had this happen in my garden when I spot a weed while admiring a bloom.  Thirty minutes later I’ll notice I…

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My grief story. Tips for downsizing after a loss.

May 15, 2020

I felt anxious and apprehensive about picking up my dad’s cremains. Would I be sad and cry once they placed his container in my arms? Should I accept my husband’s offer to pick them up or have him accompany me? In the end, I decided I’d do it after a client appointment since she lived…

tan moving boxes opened and unopened piled on floor with white background and white floor

Try this if you need to get rid of items quickly

March 14, 2020

Sometimes a move to a different home is planned, other times it’s due to a crisis. My parents experienced both situations and moved 3 times in the last 9 years. Each move required downsizing because of space constraints. Fortunately, they’d downsized for decades and didn’t hang onto things that no longer served them. They continued…

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My dad’s wait is over

February 11, 2020

His 5-year wait ended.   Ever since my mom passed, dad envisioned once again being with his bride of 64 years. That long-awaited day arrived for him on December 29, 2019, with his passing. His kids and grandkids drove and flew into Madison to love on him during his last days. • We held his…

checklist organizing

Prepare for an exceptional morning–free checklist

January 9, 2020

I’m not a morning person. How about you? Do you start the day off feeling frazzled before your body is even vertical? I have my dad to thank for showing me the power of preparing for the next day by doing as much as possible the night before.  He really hated mornings.  His eyes were…

checklist before buying things

An essential checklist to prevent clutter and save money.

December 11, 2019

We all buy stuff, myself included, thinking….. That’s CUTE, I need it! I love her outfit, I want one just like it. It’s on sale, I gotta buy it now. I’m sad, worried, anxious so buying this thing will make me feel better. Oh my gosh, that gadget is just what I need. It’s the…

organizing encouragement

Try this if you hate sorting papers, decluttering, and making decisions

November 13, 2019

  I hate this!  {declared my client} Excuse me?  This is NOT something I want to hear while organizing with a client. I saw she was overwhelmed, annoyed and frustrated about the boxes of memorabilia, mostly papers, we discovered. It felt like an impossible feat for her to sort it all out. She wanted to…

compassionate organizing

Organizing is emotional

October 23, 2019

I noticed there was a change of plans when my client met me at her door with two outdoor seat cushions and a cup of coffee in her hand. She needed time to enjoy the beautiful morning and chat for a bit.  I realized organizing was gonna have to wait. Doing nothing is a challenge for…

reasons to not buy

Buying it, even when you like it, might not be the best decision

October 9, 2019

I was A F R A I D of this bike but I accepted my friend’s invitation to try it anyway. It’s not an ordinary bike, my friend owns an e-bike (electric). A bike with a throttle among other powerful features which scared me a bit.  No one has ever called me a thrill-seeking daredevil.…

remove clutter in spare room

Are you ready for overnight guests?

September 25, 2019

She had a sofa for a guest to sleep on but let’s just say the guest room was a bit neglected.  Here’s the thing…. guests were due to arrive and she was paralyzed by overwhelm.  She was feeling the external pressure to transform that space. I was thrilled she reached out for my help clearing…